I was thrilled to receive my hard copy of this new French language book about music criticism in the twentieth century, featuring a chapter written by myself (kindly translated into french by Isabelle Perreault).
This book is the first major synthesis devoted to music criticism in the twentieth century. It explores the different types that music – classical, jazz, rock, song, contemporary music – and all the forms that specialized or generalist music criticism takes. It reviews the main theories and conceptions of music criticism, the typical actors as well as the types and genres they practice. The specificities specific to a given country and such cultural area are also studied. This book is the result of a research program carried out as part of a delegation to the Institut Universitaire de France and produced in partnership with several French and foreign universities. It gathered more than a hundred researchers from various disciplines – literature, languages, musicology, aesthetics, sociology, history or political science – and around thirty critics illustrating all types of music, writing and media. As a main contribution to the cultural history of the twentieth century, it stands out as a major contribution to a reflection on the genre and the practice of criticism in general. Timothée Picard (dir.) ISBN 978-2-7535-7920-0 • 1568 p. • 17 x 23 cm • 49 €